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Aakash Chopra, Fab Four, Steven Smith, Joe Root
Aakash Chopra. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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Aakash Chopra Names The Batsman Who Will Open Ahead Of KL Rahul For India In The Test Series Against Australia

Former Indian cricketer and a veteran analyst of the game, Aakash Chopra has opened up on as to who he feels will open the innings for Team India against Australia in the upcoming Test series.

Notably, Rohit Sharma, the regular Indian opener, is unavailable in the Indian side due to his injury concerns for the first two Test matches and this makes way for a lot of contenders to open the innings for team India in the longest format of the game.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. Image Credits: Twitter

Aakash Chopra Highlights India’s Problems In The First Test Match

Aakash Chopra responded that the Indian team will face multiple challenges during the pink-ball Test when asked about the same.

“There will be a lot of challenges. Firstly, this is only India’s second pink-ball Test match. They have played just the one against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens,” Chopra stated.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Facebook)

“There is an issue with sighting the ball in the twilight period. The brain does not process the information as fast when it comes to the pink ball and you are done even if there is a small doubt as the ball is coming at the speed of 140 kph,” Chopra further stated.

Aakash Chopra Embarks Upon India’s Opening Pair For The Test Series Against Australia

Aakash Chopra observed that Australia would also have few difficulties but have greater familiarity playing in those conditions.

“So the twilight time is going to be tough for the Indian team. It is for Australia as well but they have played a lot of pink-ball matches already which we have not done,” Aakash Chopra said.

Aakash Chopra, MS Dhoni
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Google)

“Opening is going to be a concern. Because there is still a question mark on who will open with Mayank Agarwal. Neither Shubman made runs nor Prithvi. I don’t think India is going to pick KL Rahul as an opener ahead of Prithvi Shaw because the latter had scored runs as well in the last Test match he played in New Zealand,” Chopra further claimed.

The India team’s Test campaign against Australia will begin from December 17 as the first Test will get underway at the Adelaide Oval. The first Test will be a Day-Night Pink-Ball Test match, which will be the first Day-Night Test match between India and Australia.

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Rishabh Pant. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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‘There Is No Question About Rishabh Pant’s Talent’- Parthiv Patel Highlights What Pant Needs To Do To Get Back In The Indian Team

Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, Parthiv Patel, has stated that he is impressed with the amount of talent young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has. However, he pointed out one key aspect that Pant needs to undertake to return to the Indian team.

Parthiv Patel announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday as he took to Twitter and hung his boots from world cricket. A lot of cricketers, past and present, congratulated Parthiv on his retirement.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Parthiv Patel Highlights What Rishabh Pant Needs To Do To Get Back In The Indian Team

“Talk about Rishabh Pant, lockdown happened, he put on a little weight. There is no question about his talent. Every time I meet him, I tell him that people are talking about you because you have a lot of talent. Now how do you convert that talent into performance, it is in your hands, it is not in anyone else’s hands. You have to convert talent into runs and good wicket keeping. I am sure he has understood that” Parthiv Patel told Sports Tak.

Parthiv Patel, catch
Parthiv Patel (Image Credit: Google)

“My experience says that you are never out of the Indian team’s fray. It is very important for the player to have a belief in himself. Pant will have to show in domestic cricket, by scoring runs and keeping wickets in every match. You have to show that I am ready for international cricket,” Patel added.

The Indian Wicketkeeping Conundrum Has Been Everlasting Since Dhoni’s Retirement

The Indian wicketkeeping conundrum has been lasting ever since MS Dhoni has been absent from the Indian team after the 2019 World Cup and a lot of wicketkeeper-batsman have been tried ever since.

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KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, Image Credit: Getty Images.

Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson have all been tried for the spot as KL Rahul looks the permanent find for the slot in the Indian team for the wicketkeeper batsmen’s role. KL Rahul has been appointed the new vice-captain of the team in the limited-overs side and it will be difficult to replace him in the coming times.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, India vs Windies 2019
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‘I Think There Is No Harm In Handing Rohit Sharma The Captaincy’- Parthiv Patel Backs The Indian Vice-Captain To Lead The Side In The 2021 T20 World Cup

Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, Parthiv Patel has said that Rohit Sharma should lead team India in the T20 format and should captain the side in the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup. Patel announced retirement from all forms of cricket yesterday.

Just after his retirement, Parthiv’s big statement should not go down too well with his former RCB skipper and the current captain of the Indian cricket team across all formats, Virat Kohli.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Google)

Parthiv Patel Backs Rohit Sharma To Lead India In The T20I Format

“Rohit Sharma has shown us how to build a team. He has shown us how to win a tournament. I think there is no harm in giving him the captaincy in one format. This will also relieve Virat Kohli of some pressure,” Parthiv was quoted as saying to Sports Tak.

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Parthiv Patel. Image Credit: Getty Images

“With him (Rohit) winning so many tournaments, it will be interesting to see how he takes decisions under pressure. Mumbai Indians does not have a settled team every season, but Rohit Sharma has shown that he knows how to build players and show results,” he stated.

“According to me for the T20 World Cup, if Rohit Sharma is fit to play, he should be given the captaincy ahead of the tournament,” Parthiv added.

Rifts Have Emerged Between Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli Over The Years

It was after the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup that rumours of a rift between Rohit and Virat have taken the Indian cricket by storm. The rift was clearly visible in this year’s IPL as both the skippers didn’t even face each other when they met for the first time in IPL 2020.

Inzamam-ul-Haq, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma,
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Rohit’s unavailability in the Indian team on the Australian tour came as a massive blow for a lot of cricket fans and experts and legends of the game have questioned his position in team India. Reportedly, the BCCI held talks between both the players after Virat’s statement on Rohit’s unavailability prior to the Australian tour.

Aakash Chopra, Shreyas Iyer, India, Australia
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Aakash Chopra Fires Shots At Shreyas Iyer For Not Living Upto The Expectations Against Australia

Former Indian opener and a veteran analyst of cricket, Aakash Chopra, has taken aim at Shreyas Iyer for not performing well in the limited-overs format against Australia. Iyer led his franchise, Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 final this year.

He was handed the captaincy of the franchise midway in 2018 and in 2019, in his first full season as the skipper, he carried Delhi Capitals (DC) to the playoffs and this year, he went a step ahead as DC played the final of IPL 2020 against Mumbai Indians (MI).

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Image Credit: Twitter.

Aakash Chopra Takes Aim At Shreyas Iyer

“It’s important that around Kohli, there are players who can score quickly. Sanju Samson will look behind this series and as will Shreyas Iyer, because at the end of the day, Iyer had been given opportunities – be it ODIs or T20Is. He came into this series with a reputation but he wasn’t able to live up to the expectations. I think he will be very disappointed,”  Aakash Chopra said in a video uploaded by Cricbuzz.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. Image Credit: Twitter.

“He is the captain of the Delhi Capitals and had performed well also earlier but the series was stop-start for him. Also, whenever he got the start, he couldn’t convert it into a big innings. First, he got out to a bouncer and then when he was playing well, he couldn’t play the long innings. When that happens, the questions will be asked,” Aakash Chopra said on his channel.

Team India To Take On Australia In The Test Series From December 17

The India team’s Test campaign against Australia will begin from December 17 as the first Test will get underway at the Adelaide Oval. The first Test will be a Day-Night Pink-Ball Test match, which will be the first Day-Night Test match between India and Australia.

Australia vs India 2020-21: No Way You Should Be That Far Within The Boundary- Michael Holding Criticises India's Poor Fielding In 1st ODI
Team India. Image Credit: BCCI.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli will return back to India after the first Test as he has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI. The odds are level in the tour so far as both the teams have gone on to win 3 games each on the tour so far.

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Ian Chappell Reveals Who Will Be India’s Third Pacer Against Australia In The Test Series

Former Australian legend Ian Chappell has finally revealed as to who will be team India’s third pacer in the upcoming Test series against Australia. Chappell has also highlighted as to how he got to know about India’s gameplan against Australia.

Notably, the Indian cricket team is not in good shape and a lot of their players are injured currently. This also includes star pacers Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who have been ruled out of the Australian Test series.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Ian Chappell Reveals India’s Third Pacer Against Australia In The Test Series

Since team India is marred with injuries, a lot of pacers stand in contention to be the third Indian pacer apart from Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. The list includes Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, and Navdeep Saini.

Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav. Image Credits: Twitter

Chappell has been a keen observer of the bilateral series Down Under while Ravi Shastri has been with the Indian team since the day they reached Australia. With just a week to go into the first Test of the series in Adelaide, Shastri has reportedly fixated on Umesh Yadav as India’s third pacer behind Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

“I was having a drink with Ravi (Shastri) the other day and he told me that probably (Umesh) Yadav will get the nod as the third pacer,” Chappell was quoted as saying in Scroll.

India Have Two Smart Pacers In Jasprit Bumrah And Mohammed Shami: Ian Chappell

“India have two smart quicks in Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. If you ask me, if the team batting first scores 300, you are on your way to winning the Test match at the Adelaide,” Chappell added.

Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell. Image Courtesy: Getty

Ian Chappell also opined on the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane who is set to take over the role from Virat Kohli when the latter departs for India after the completion of the first Test.

“Well, I saw him captain in one Test against Australia (in Dharamsala in March, 2017) and found his captaincy to be fabulous. He was really an aggressive captain,” he stated.

The Indian team’s Test campaign against Australia will begin from December 17 as the first Test will get underway at the Adelaide Oval. The first Test will be a Day-Night Pink-Ball Test match, which will be the first Day-Night Test match between India and Australia.

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‘I Will Always Do What’s Best For The Team’- Steve Smith On Assuming The Australian Captaincy

Star Australian batsman, Steve Smith has opened up on him assuming the responsibilities of the Australia National Cricket Team after a lot of debate has been doing the rounds in the media of him not being handed the captaincy of the Australian team.

Notably, Steve Smith was banned by Cricket Australia (CA) in 2018 for a year for his involvement in the infamous Sandpapergate scandal and he was the skipper of the Australian Cricket Team across all formats when he was banned.

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Steve Smith. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Steve Smith Opens Up On Assuming The Australian Captain’s Role

“There were discussions taking place. I think JL (Justin Langer) answered the question when asked about me and captaincy, For me, I just said I am happy to do whatever is best for the team and that’s the same going forward. I do whatever I can for the team,” Smith told reporters.

Steve Smith Doing All The Right Things To Show Leadership Without A Title: Justin Langer
Steve Smith. Image Credit: Twitter.

“Right now, I think Tim and Finchy are doing really good jobs in both formats of the game. I’m comfortable with where I’m at right now, but as I’ve always said I will do what is best for the team.”

Questions On Smith’s Captaincy Doing The Rounds Since His Return

Steve Smith returned to Australian cricket with a bang as he had a phenomenal Ashes campaign in 2019 in England against the hosts. Ever since then, the demands of handing the captaincy back to Smith has been doing the rounds in the Australian media.

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Australia’s Steven Smith. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

When Matthew Wade was handed over the captaincy in the recently concluded 2nd T20I against India, things became all the more heated up in the Australian media as they felt that Smith was being harassed. However, their coach, Justin Langer made it clear that they will go through the entire process to appoint Smith as the captain of the national side.

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Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)
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‘It Was Difficult Sitting Out There’- Steve Smith Geared Up For The Test Series Against India After Missing The 2018 Series

Former Australian skipper Steve Smith has stated that he is all charged and geared up to take on the India National Cricket Team in the upcoming Test series on India’s tour of Australia 2020-21.

Smith missed out on the opportunity the last time team India travelled to Australia in 2018 as he was banned by Cricket Australia after being involved in the infamous Sandpapergate scandal. In his absence, team India created history as they won their first Test series in Australia.

Team India Touring Australia Will Be Allowed To Train During Quarantine Period But In Small Bubbles
India. Image Credits: Twitter

Steve Smith Charged Up For The Series Against India

“So excited to get back out and play some long-form cricket. It’s been close to a year since our last game. Can’t wait — all the boys are really keen to get out there and play as well,” Smith said.

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Steve Smith. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Smith skippered the team until he was banned for a year in 2018 over a brazen attempt under his watch to alter the ball with sandpaper in Cape Town.

“I watched bits and pieces,” he said of the tour. “It was difficult sitting on the sidelines and not being able to go out there and make a difference. That was the toughest thing for me, knowing that I probably could make a difference if I was out there. So that was hard. But it’s an exciting series coming up,” Smith further said.

Team India To Take On Australia In The Test Series From December 17

The India team’s Test campaign against Australia will begin from December 17 as the first Test will get underway at the Adelaide Oval. The first Test will be a Day-Night Pink-Ball Test match, which will be the first Day-Night Test match between India and Australia.

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Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli will return back to India after the first Test as he has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI. The odds are level in the tour so far as both the teams have gone on to win 3 games each on the tour so far.

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MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter
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‘When Dhoni Came, He Took The Indian Cricket By Storm’- Kiran More Reveals What Led To MS Dhoni’s Selection In Team India

Former Indian chief selector, Kiran More, has shed light on how former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, was picked in the India National Cricket Team back in the year 2004 and has revealed how they were impressed by Dhoni’s presence.

MS Dhoni is widely regarded as the most successful Indian captain in the history of Indian cricket. The strong lad from Ranchi made way into the Indian team back in 2004 and ever since he was handed the captaincy in 2007, Dhoni hasn’t looked back in his career.

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MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Kiran More Reveals How MS Dhoni Was Selected In The Indian Team

Former Indian chief selector, who was the chief selector of the India National Cricket Team when  MS Dhoni made his debut in the national side, has revealed what led to Dhoni’s selection.

“Rahul Dravid had already kept in 75 One-day Internationals, so we were looking for a wicketkeeper-batsman who could whack the ball and we could give Rahul a respite,” More told WV Raman on his podcast ‘Inside Out’.

Kiran More, Rishabh Pant
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“There was surely something special about the way he approached the game. We picked him for India A to Kenya, where he had a good tour and scored over 600 runs. We already had players like Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh but when Dhoni came, he was a complete package and took the Indian cricket by storm,” More further recalled.

Dhoni Announced International Retirement On August 15

MS Dhoni announced retirement from international cricket this year on August 15 as he took the fans by shock. He had last played for team India in the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup against New Zealand in the semi-final of the tournament.

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MS Dhoni (Image Credit: IPL)

Although Dhoni retired from international cricket, he continued playing in the IPL and will continue to do so in the 2021 edition of the tournament. The famous Indian captain also has 3 IPL titles to his name in the tournament.

Diego Maradona Dies Aged 60 After Suffering A Heart Attack
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Football Legend Diego Maradona Dies Aged 60 After Suffering A Heart Attack: Reports

Argentinian football legend, Diego Maradona has sadly passed away at 60 years of age after suffering a heart attack as per some media reports. The news of Diego Maradona’s death has come as a major shock to all his fans and loved ones. Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, helped Argentina win the World Cup in 1986, the pinnacle of an illustrious career.

He played club football for Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona among others and was adored by millions all over the world for his brilliant skills. Maradona was responsible for the infamous ‘Hand of God’ that eliminated England from the 1986 tournament.

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Diego Maradona (Credits: Twitter)

Football Legend Diego Maradona Dies Aged 60 After Suffering A Heart Attack: Reports

Argentine football legend Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.  The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.

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Diego Maradona. Image Credits: Twitter

Diego was instrumental in taking Argentina to their second World Cup triumph in 1986, captaining the team that prevailed over West Germany in the final.

 

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Moksh Murgai.
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MS Dhoni Smashing Sixes Inspired Moksh Murgai To Enter The World Of Cricket At The Age Of Seven

The greatest thing about sport is self-belief. A confident man can make a person reach heights. Moksh Murgai a 20 years old player from Delhi is a professional state-level cricketer who is confident and determined to achieve his goals. This young champion is an undergraduate of Delhi University leading the college cricket team.

And recently has been appointed as the Sports President of DUSU. Moksh started his gaming career 13 years ago that is from the age of 7 years when he was thrilled from the smashing sixes of Dhoni.

Very few cricketers make a mark in a small age and Moksh is one of them. He has achieved a lot in his 13 years years of journey in cricket. From playing in under-14, under-16 and under-19 nationals Murgai has represented team India too in Lucknow in a tournament in 2018.

Moksh Murgai
Moksh Murgai.

MS Dhoni Smashing Sixes Inspired Moksh Murgai To Enter The World Of Cricket At The Age Of Seven

Moksh also attended Railways Ranji Camp under-23. From scoring huge runs in 2018 DDCA League that were 850 runs and taking 20 wickets with it as he also presents a quality of an off-spinner too. He has also scored 30 plus centuries and more than 50 half-centuries in his name. Being a brilliant player and with such dedication to playing, he also got a sponsorship from SH Sports for the year 2019-20.

Moksh Murgai
Moksh Murgai.

Moksh doing so much for his goal has also gone through a back injury in the year 2019 due to which he was on rest for almost 3 months, but when this lad came back in the ground proved himself different from all the other players by showing his tremendous performances again.

Moksh Murgai is very much grateful to his parents as they showed belief in him and helped him to reach this point in his career. He also says that his coaches have always guided him to do his best. Moksh also says that to achieve goals in life, one should never leave hope and keep doing the hard work as it always pay-off.

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